Disney makes donation to Hurricane Michael survivors

Disney makes donation to Hurricane Michael survivors

Hurricane Michael, which has blossomed from a tropical storm off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula into a mighty threat to Florida and beyond, roared to Category 4 status Wednesday.

"Impacts from Hurricane Michael along the Florida Panhandle will include a risky storm surge, flooding rainfall and damaging winds".

Almost two days after landfall, we are finally getting better looks at the widespread devastation Hurricane Michael left along the Florida Panhandle.

"Gale- to storm-force winds are expected over portions of the Mid-Atlantic coast as Michael exits the US east coast and becomes post-tropical", the National Hurricane Center said late Thursday. When their house filled with surging ocean water, they fled upstairs.

Now their home is full of mud and everywhere they look there is utter devastation in their Florida Panhandle community, with roofs lifted off of buildings and pine trees snapped in 155 miles per hour winds. "All of my furniture was floating", she said.

Gov. Rick Scott announced soon after the powerful eye had swept inland that "aggressive" search and rescue efforts were just beginning and urged people to stay off debris-littered roads.

Mr Scott is also keen to avoid problems caused by Hurricane Irma just over a year ago when a lack of workers left many local shelters under-staffed.

In North Carolina's mountains, drivers also had to be plucked from cars in high water. High winds toppled trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

"Life-threatening flash flooding is occurring over portions of North Carolina and southern Virginia and will continue through the evening", the National Hurricane Center said.

The Coast Guard said it rescued at least 27 people before and after the hurricane came ashore, mostly from homes along the Florida coastline, and searched for more victims.

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Hurricane Michael, which is located 335 miles south of Panama City and moving north at 12mph, is expected to pick up more power before slamming into the popular white beaches of the Panhandle. Twisted street signs lay on the ground. Roofs were peeled off and homes split open by fallen trees.

Hundreds of cars had broken windows. Among those brought to safety were nine people rescued by helicopter from a bathroom of their Panama City home after their roof collapsed, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges said.

And unless we change the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, we should expect hurricanes to intensify more rapidly in the coming decades, the scientific research group Climate Central said.

"It is a monstrous storm and the forecast (keeps) getting more unsafe", Florida Governor Rick Scott said. An 11-year-old girl in Georgia also died when Michael's winds picked up a carport and dropped it through the roof of her grandparents' home.

The full extent of Michael's fury was only slowly becoming clear, with some of the hardest-hit areas difficult to reach with roads blocked by debris or water.

So far, Coast Guard crews in Florida have rescued 40 people and assisted 232.

In hard-hit Mexico Beach alone, state officials say, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied a mandatory evacuation order ahead of Michael.

National Guard troops made their way into the ground-zero town and found 20 survivors initially Wednesday night, and more rescue crews are arriving. The woman lived in a small cinderblock house about 150 yards (meters) from the Gulf and thought she would be OK.

He said: "My expectation is if you are a health care facility you have a responsibility to take care of those patients". Neighbors struggled to find their homes on streets with piles of wood where houses once stood. But the fast-moving, fast-strengthening storm didn't give people much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings and seemed to think they could ride it out.

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